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Sunday, October 21st, 2007

ZOYA UTOPIA WINTER 2007

Zoya puts out a most gorgeous selection of six jewel-toned shades for their Winter 2007 collection. Choose from: Akyra (bold metallic azure), Austine (soft metallic gold), Irene (truly unique metallic sage), Juno (deep metallic amethyst), Kamilah (rich gilded metallic scarlet), and Tama (bright metallic orchid pink). Zoya healthy nail colors are also free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Keep checking Temptalia as we bring you reviews of each shade over the next few days! But let me tell you – they’re gorgeous colors, and I’m so loving that they’re all jewel-toned (I’m obsessed with this type of colors). I’ll tell you now that my favorite was Tama, with Austine running close behind.  I’m also trying out Zoya’s Color-Lock system, and of course, will report the results after I’ve done a bit of wearing with it in action!

ZOYA UTOPIA WINTER 2007 COLLECTION

Check out all six lovely shades at www.zoya.com or at a salon near you.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

What’s your favorite eye makeup palette? Nearly every line has limited edition quads, duos, or palettes that come at various times of the year – what’s your favorite? Which one do you always use?

I’m awful with palettes; they often sit unused for me. I own an overwhelming majority of MAC quads/holiday palettes — most of which I depotted and put in with the rest of my regular palettes. I love the Liza AM (old, old, OLD quad) for the easiest neutral eye. They’re all matte shadows, very blah shades when you look at them, but they can add some va-voom for those occasions where you need to be professional or subtle with the eye makeup.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Estee Lauder Professional Pure Color Lipstick is a lovely gold gift set with five full-size lipsticks in Pink Parfait, Bois de Rose, Nectarine, Rose Tea, and Rice Papapya. $32.50

Estee Lauder Professional Pure Color EyeShadow is a gorgeous gold palette with six great shades for the holidays: Camouflage, Copper Penny, Honey Drop, Ivory Box, Pale Moon, and Plum Pop for a mere $25.00.

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

I was perusing through my fellow beauty bloggers’ posts, and both BeautyAddict and Makeup Moxie posted Paula Begoun’s response to the much-blogged and over-hyped article that was released last week about lipsticks containing traces of lead.

Now, here at Temptalia, we chose not to alert you because we felt the so-called report was entirely misleading, unfounded, and purely using scare-tactics rather than real facts and science. Immediately upon reading the article, I found myself asking, “How much lead is dangerous? What lipsticks are they testing?  How are they testing it? What are the controls?”  had a gaggle of questions, and yet the article provided no answers! All it did was attempt to scare us into purging our makeup bags of tubes and tubes of lip goodness.

So what’s the verdict? No cause for alarm. It did not provide any knowledge unknown to us before, and it is not a true cause for worry. Indeed, one will find themselves more exposed to lead by doing everyday activities such as breathing the air or drinking from the tap (which already meets certain standards of how much lead per million parts and whatnot). Paula reminds us that dyes used in cosmetics are required to meet certain levels and practice a standard of care.

Wear your lipstick without fear of lead poisoning–there is still no proof that the trace amounts found in some lipsticks are the root cause of health problems. There are many other sources of lead exposure in our everyday lives, much higher in levels, than the trace amounts found in the lipsticks tested by the coalition.

You can check out Paula’s full response here.

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Catch up on your beauty reading and check out these posts from the past week at Temptalia…

Holiday 2007 | Bliss, Chanel, Dior (and more Dior), Guerlain, Laura Mercier, Lola, Napoleon Perdis, Sephora, Smashbox, Tarte, Yves Saint Laurent

MAC Cosmetics | Antiquitease Review, Antiquitease Swatches, Antiquitease Product Photos, McQueen Giveaway, PRO Product Tips from Louise Zizzo

Reviews | Borghese Superiore Mascara, Napoleon Perdis’ Dream Cream, Napoleon Perdis’ China Doll Foundation, Sephora’s Blockbuster Palette

You | Get Perfect Lashes With Readers’ Tips, Holiday Travel Tips, Storage Solutions

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007

What lipstick do you love but are scared to wear? What lipstick (or color, shade, hue if you don’t have a specific one) are you ga-ga over, but just can’t bring yourself to wear [yet]?

Me? I’m not terrified of vampy colors, but I really think they look god-awful on me, so I just never wear them for “fear” of looking like the walking dead! (Seriously, last time I put a vampy lip on, my boyfriend asked if I was getting ready for Halloween!)